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rate should practice birth control to the extent that they maintain a zero or less rate of growth during the next 20 years in order to permit the non-white community to achieve its doubling objective. Through this means they allege we will maintain the ideal growth rate we suggest we need in order to preserve our present quality of life. (52)
In a book by the Black Muslim leader Elijah Muhammad, a section entitled "Do Not Take Birth Control Pills" urges blacks to increase and multiply.
... If you accept Allah and follow me and give birth to 100 children each of you girls and women will be considered more blessed and upright in the eyes of Allah (God) than those who try to kill the birth need. . .. Why don't they divide the country with you, give you a few of these United States and let you raise ah1 the children you want to. (53)
Reacting to President Nixon's July, 1969, message on population, an officer of the Florida NAACP* stated to the New York Times:
I do not think the President's plan is in the best interests of the black people. Our women need to produce more babies, not less. Our problems are mainly economic ones, and until we comprise 30 to 35 per cent of the population we won't be able to really affect the power structure in the country. I don't think this plan will get much support in the black community. The people will consider it an insult. (54)
If one accepts the premises that people are power and that whites are engaged in a "no holds barred" struggle against yellow, brown, or black power, then all manner of ingenious techniques to curb that power can be imagined. Headlines such as
GROUP FINDS LEAD POISONING COMMON WAY TO LEGALLY 'MURDER' BLACK CHILDREN (55)
INFANTICIDE MISSISSIPPI STYLE (56)
THE   DELIBERATE   POISONING   OF   GOOD   FOOD   AND   GOOD
DRINKS BY THE AVOWED ENEMY (57)
are common in the Black Muslim daily, Muhammad Speaks. Two examples of the kind of reasoning behind such accusations are given below:
The spread of narcotic addiction among Black youth is a form of genocide. It's the same tactic of extermination this country has used against Blacks all over the world, only they've taken it out of the Vietnam jungles and put it on the streets of the Black ghetto. . . . It's made genocide profitable by having the addict pay to poison himself. (58)
*National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Americans had sustained an unlimited population growth for over 400 years until they reached the numerical strength they desired. It was their feeling, then, and the feeling is more widespread now, that non-whites who number only 22,000,000 or more need to double this amount in the next 20 years. It is their feeling that the present white majority who had the luxury to grow at their phenomenalring of life" (45).on occasion explicitly established.